Weatherill History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Weatherill family

The surname Weatherill was first found in Cumberland (now called Cumbria) as Wetheral, a village and civil parish that dates back to c. 1100 when it was first listed as Wetherhala. The place name literally means "nook of land where wether-sheep are kept," from the Old English words "wether" + "halh." [1] One of the first records of the name was found here with Richard de Wederhal who was listed in the Subsidy Rolls of Cumberland in 1332. William Wethereld, Wetherald, Wetherold was listed in Suffolk (1429-1433). [2] Hugh de Wederhale was listed in Cumberland during the reign of Edward I., and Adam de Wederhal, horner was listed during the reign of Edward II., as a Freeman of York. [3]

Early History of the Weatherill family

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Weatherill Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Wetherall, Weatherall, Wetherell, Metherall and many more.

Early Notables of the Weatherill family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Weatherill family to Ireland

Some of the Weatherill family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Weatherill migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Weatherill Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • William Weatherill, who settled in Virginia in 1721
Weatherill Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Mrs. Weatherill, aged 47, who landed in America from Liverpool, in 1897
  • George Weatherill, aged 23, who settled in America from Bishop Auckland, in 1898
Weatherill Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Annie Weatherill, aged 23, who immigrated to the United States from Bingley, England, in 1908
  • Norman R. Weatherill, aged 16, who settled in America from Bingley, England, in 1908
  • Constance Fannie Weatherill, aged 22, who immigrated to the United States from Bingley, England, in 1908
  • Wm. Hy. Weatherill, aged 50, who settled in America from Huddersfield, England, in 1908
  • George Weatherill, aged 28, who immigrated to the United States from Bolton, England, in 1921
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Weatherill migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Weatherill Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • H Weatherill, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1907

Contemporary Notables of the name Weatherill (post 1700) +

  • William J. Weatherill, American politician, U.S. Consular Agent in Brisbane, 1897-1905 [4]
  • Jay Wilson Weatherill (b. 1964), Australian politician, 45th Premier of South Australia (2011-2018), father of Jay Weatherill
  • George Weatherill (1936-2021), English-born, Australian politician and Deputy Leader of the South Australian Labor Party
  • Garry John Weatherill (b. 1956), Australian clergyman, current Anglican Bishop of Willochra
  • George Weatherill (1898-1988), Australian rules footballer
  • Bruce Bernard Weatherill PC, DL, KStJ (1920-2007), Baron Weatherill, British Conservative Party politician, Speaker of the House of Commons


  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 8) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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